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David Murphy to begin rehab assignment Wednesday
by R.J. White |

Indians outfielder David Murphy will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus Wednesday, reports.

"I'm getting pretty close," Murphy said. "Obviously, I want to get out there as soon as possible, but I'm trying to be smart with it and just trust what they're saying. I feel like everything has been on schedule so far. Hopefully, it'll only continue to get stronger."

Murphy has been sidelined since Aug. 10 with a strained oblique. He ran the bases at Progressive Field Tuesday and is scheduled to play five innings in his rehab debut.

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David Phelps throws 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Yankees pitcher David Phelps threw 25 pitches, all fastballs and changeups, in a bullpen session Tuesday, reports.

Phelps is scheduled to throw a 35-pitch session Friday in which he'll use all his pitches. He's been out since early August due to elbow inflammation, and the Yankees plan to bring him back as a reliever.

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Starlin Castro sprains ankle Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was removed from Tuesday's game due to a sprained left ankle, reports.

Castro appeared to suffer the injury sliding into home, though there was no play at the plate. Initial tests ruled out a fracture, but the shortstop will undergo an MRI Wednesday. Castro finished the game 1 for 1, and he owns a .292/.339/.438 line with 14 home runs and 65 RBI in 528 at-bats.

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Justin Upton exits game Tuesday with bruised triceps
by R.J. White |

Braves outfielder Justin Upton was removed from Tuesday's game due to a left triceps contusion, the team announced.

Upton was hit by a pitch in the first inning but initially remained in the game, grounding out in the bottom of the fourth. He came out before the sixth inning, finishing 0 for 1. Upton has hit .285/.359/.515 with 26 home runs and 91 RBI in 487 at-bats. He's day to day moving forward.

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Masahiro Tanaka cleared to begin throwing program
by Chris Cwik |

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has been cleared to begin a throwing program Tuesday, according to

Tanaka was able to play catch Tuesday, and it was determined he could continue throwing. Manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka will throw a bullpen session soon. "He's scheduled to throw a bullpen [session] sometime this week and hopefully he's ready to do it," Girardi said. Tanaka posted a 2.51 ERA over 129 1/3 innings prior to injuring him elbow. 

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Zack Cozart away from the team temporarily
by Chris Cwik |

Reds infielder Zack Cozart is away from the club after his wife gave birth, according to

Since rosters expanded, there was no need for the club to make a move to replace Cozart. He should return in a few days. Cozart is hitting .228/.275/.304 over 448 at-bats. 

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Reds considering surgery for Homer Bailey
by Chris Cwik |

The Reds are considering surgery for pitcher Homer Bailey, according to

Bailey would have surgery on his right forearm. The club is currently weighing whether it's worth it for Bailey to have the surgery. Manager Bryan Price admitted the decision is on the table. "As we move forward, we'll consider [surgery] as something that would certainly rectify the problem," according to Price. 

Having surgery would be troublesome, as it could impact Bailey's readiness for the 2015 season. "If you're going to have a surgical procedure done, you don't want to wait too long because it will affect the ability to be ready for the season," Price added. 

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Padres designate two for assignment Tuesday
by Chris Cwik |

The Padres have designated pitcher Troy Patton and infielder Chris Nelson for assignment Tuesday. 

Patton was activated from the disabled list and immediately designated for assignment. Nelson was brought back from paternity leave. 

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Coco Crisp aiming for weekend return
by Chris Cwik |

The Athletics believe outfielder Coco Crisp could return this weekend, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Crisp has been sidelined since Friday due to a neck injury. He received an injection to relieve the pressure in his neck Tuesday. Crisp is hitting .254/.346/.397 over 370 at-bats. 

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Michael Morse to miss time with oblique injury
by Chris Cwik |

Giants outfielder Michael Morse will miss a couple games due to a strained oblique, according to CSN.

Morse will miss the rest of the team's road trip. There's a chance he could return next week, when the team returns home. Morse is hitting .280/.338/.477 over 436 at-bats. 

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